Jamie Dupree’s Washington Insider

Senators spar over Trump’s words while trying to save DACA negotiations

12:05 pm Jan. 16, 2018

Still battling over what President Donald Trump did – or didn’t – say during a tense White House immigration meeting last week with lawmakers, Senators used a hearing with the Homeland Security Secretary on Tuesday to publicly appeal for compromise on DACA and a series of politically difficult immigration issues, as one Republican urged the President to “close this deal.”

“This has turned into a S-show,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC),

Congress faces tricky political week as shutdown fight looms

8:10 pm Jan. 15, 2018

With a temporary funding plan for Uncle Sam set to run out Friday night, there was no clear path forward as yet for Congress and the White House, as the President and Democrats remained on a collision course over efforts to secure a deal on spending levels for the 2018 federal budget, as well as an agreement on the status of certain illegal immigrants brought here as children, raising the

Four days from shutdown deadline, no deals in sight on budget or DACA

9:12 am Jan. 15, 2018

President Donald Trump on Monday once again charged that Democrats in Congress were trying to force a government shutdown later this week by refusing to negotiate an acceptable budget deal for the military, and by not budging on what to do with hundreds of thousands of younger illegal immigrants in the U.S. under the Obama Administration’s DACA program, as that issue continued to be a flash point for the two

Trump blasts Democrats over immigration as feds resume DACA renewals

7:49 am Jan. 14, 2018

With a federal court order from last week temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the immigration agency in charge of that effort announced that it would again accept applications to renew DACA requests, as President Trump chided Democrats on Sunday over the political impasse on the issue.

“Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to

Five reasons why $1 trillion deficits may not be far away for Uncle Sam

4:00 am Jan. 13, 2018

It wasn’t that long ago that Republicans denounced four consecutive yearly deficits of over $1 trillion during the Obama Administration, but now that the GOP is fully in charge of the White House and Congress, it’s possible the deficit may be heading back into the territory of that very large figure.

The federal deficit in 2017 was $666 billion; the Congressional Budget Office estimates it will be $699 billion in 2018,

Trump calls DACA deal by group of Senators a “big step backwards”

6:22 am Jan. 12, 2018

Throwing cold water on a bipartisan immigration agreement hatched by a group of six Senators, President Donald Trump on Friday again said that any immigration deal aimed at helping illegal immigrant “Dreamers” must do more to stop people from trying to illegally enter the United States in the future.

“The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators was a big step backwards,” the President

DACA talks continue, but no final deal yet that has the backing of President Trump

3:59 pm Jan. 11, 2018

Even as a group of six Senators said they had their own agreement, and key lawmakers in both parties in Congress expressed hope for a bipartisan plan to shield illegal immigrant “Dreamers” from deportation, there was still no deal on Thursday which had won the final support of President Donald Trump, as the White House said he wasn’t backing down from his call for a bill that deals with the